Cultural Critic, Comedian, and Author Baratunde Thurston

I Have a Podcast in One Ear at All Times

Baratunde Thurston is a cultural critic, comedian, host of the podcast Spit, and the author of How to Be Black. Before moderating a Smithsonian/ASU “What It Means to Be American” event titled “What Does the Life of Frederick Douglass Tell Us About America?” at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles, he spoke in the green room about reluctant messiahs, the timelessness of the Jackson 5’s music, and his grade-school teacher’s great expectations.

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Author and Journalist Fox Butterfield

I Have a Grandson Named Wolf

Fox Butterfield is a former national and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and author of In My Father’s House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the …

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Geologist Chip Fletcher

I Realized Pretty Quickly That I Liked Rugged Terrain

Chip Fletcher is a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa geologist and an expert on climate change. Before taking part in a Zócalo/Daniel K. Inouye Institute “Pau Hana” event panel discussion …

Chief Resilience Officer for Honolulu Joshua Stanbro

I Was Such a Sucker for That Philly Soul Sound

Joshua Stanbro is chief resilience officer for the City and County of Honolulu. Before taking part in a Zócalo/Daniel K. Inouye Institute “Pau Hana” event at the Artistry Honolulu titled …

Host of Hawai‘i Public Radio’s “The Conversation” Catherine Cruz

My Teacher Told Me, ‘Stand Under Banana Trees and Scream’

Catherine Cruz is host of Hawai‘i Public Radio’s “The Conversation.” Before taking part in a Zócalo/Daniel K. Inouye Institute “Pau Hana” event panel discussion titled “What Can Hawai‘i Teach the …

RAND Corporation Scientist Robert Lempert

It’d Be Fun to See Ancient Rome

Robert Lempert is a RAND Corporation scientist and a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Before taking part in a Zócalo/Daniel K. Inouye …